Associate Professor, Vice-Chair for Research and Psychology
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, New York
Throughout her career, Dr. Gunning has focused on the relationship of cerebral aging to affective and cognitive functions in middle-aged and older adults. Since joining Weill Cornell’s Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2004, she has combined her background as a clinical neuropsychologist with her expertise in cognitive neuroscience to develop and conduct a program of research studies using MRI to examine neurobiological predictors of expression, course, and outcomes of depression. Dr. Gunning's studies use performance-based measures and multimodal neuroimaging (task-based fMRI, resting state fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging) to examine functioning of brain networks (e.g., cognitive control dysfunction, reward abnormalities) and treatment response.
Dr. Gunning currently holds an NIMH-funded R01 that uses task-based fMRI and probabilistic tractography to better understand the role of cognitive control, affective networks, and reward networks in antidepressant response of late-life depression. In addition, she is using multimodal neuroimaging (task-based fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging) to better understand target engagement of neurobiologically-informed psychosocial interventions for MDD (e.g., Engage versus Problem-Solving Therapy (PST); Cognitive remediation delivered via mobile technology, Project EVO(1R61MH110509)).
As Vice Chair of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Director of the Institute's Training Unit, Dr. Gunning plays an integral role in mentoring clinical scientists at the postdoctoral fellow and junior faculty level both at Weill Cornell and through national mentoring programs.